Just weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing rocked the nation, nineteen people, including two children were shot during a New Orleans Mother's Day parade (5/12/13). While some were seriously injured, thankfully none were killed.
In an effort to assuage undue concern, the FBI was quick to declare that this "incident" was "strictly street violence," not terrorism--as if this should make us feel better.
There was a time when street violence--perpetrated by our own citizens within our own borders--was a big deal. Now it seems to pale in comparison to the violence of "terror" from without.
Violence of any type is troubling. But shouldn't the violence that happens on America's streets be even more concerning to us than any visited on us from abroad? After all, home grown violence speaks of our own moral and social decline. This is the violence of which the Scriptures warn which will be indicative of the latter days.
"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God …" (2 Timothy 3:1-4).